School board approves the name Steve Woods Memorial Athletic Complex at May board meeting

The Estacada High School wrestling facility will now be known as the Steve Woods Memorial Athletic Complex.

Woods, a former Estacada High School principal, wrestling coach and school board member, died in March. During the Estacada School Board's April meeting, Superintendent Ryan Carpenter reported he was forming a committee that would consider options for honoring Woods.

At the Wednesday, May 9, school board meeting, that committee recommended naming the wrestling facility after Woods.

"He's a huge part of our community and big part of our district," said committee member Mark Greene, discussing Woods' legacy.

Committee member Heath Stalcup added that since Woods was at the helm of Estacada's wrestling program, it had garnered more than 100 state championship wins.

"It was the house that (Woods) built," Stalcup said.

Members of the Estacada School Board were unanimously in renaming the wrestling facility in honor of Woods.

In other news from the school board meeting:

¦ Carpenter noted that no students had entered the Estacada School District under the recently-adopted open enrollment policy, while 12 students left the district. Of that number, two were enrolled students, four had already transferred out of district and six had never been enrolled in the Estacada School District.

¦ Clackamas River Elementary School Principal Amy Hudson presented an update on the district's new Summer Academy, where she will also serve as principal. As of the meeting, there were 180 students enrolled, which will strive to provide hands-on learning experiences.

¦ Retiring school district employees Linda Roth, Leah Hawkins, Tina Rhue and Debra Meyer were honored for their years of service.

¦ Leaders from Estacada High School, Estacada Middle School, Clackamas River Elementary School and River Mill Elementary School were recognized for their dedication. Volunteers honored were Sara Thompson, Katie Bailey, Peggy Price, Michelle Patterson and Toni Palmeter from Clackamas River Elementary School; Doug Lee, Adrienne Randall, Lisa Webley and April and Leo Dauenhauer from River Mill Elementary School; Michelle Patterson, Nancy Holmes and Mary Ann Bugni from Estacada Middle School; and Steve and Susan Davies, Carmen Thornhill, Jerry and Rielly Tenbush and Byron and Heidi Stamm from Estacada High School.

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